Precipitated silica, fused silica, fumed silica, silica gel, and colloidal silica are the five basic types of silica that are widely used in end user industries such as rubber, agriculture, paints & coatings, electronic components, personal care & cosmetics, and others. Rising demand for Specialty Silica in personal care and cosmetics products due to its anticaking, UV protection, and dispersive properties will drive the silica specialty in the future. Furthermore, developing countries such as China and India are experiencing rapid growth in the construction and infrastructure industries, implying an increase in demand for paints and coatings. These are one of the most important applications of specialty chemicals, which has increased demand for them in developing countries.
Specialty Silica has excellent reinforcing properties, particularly in terms of tear resistance. Because of its extremely high purity and low moisture absorption, specialty silica is widely used in tyre manufacturing. It improves the electrical properties of rubber products. Furthermore, specialty silica is frequently used in Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and High Temperature Vulcanized (HTV) rubber, which require high mechanical strength and electrical insulation. Specialty silica is used in industrial rubber goods to reduce hysteresis loss in conveyor belts, as an active filler in coloured rubber particles, and in products with good contact.
In industries such as rubber and plastics, Specialty Silica is used as a performance additive. A key growth driver is the trend toward using silica specialty as a performance additive in the production of green and energy efficient tyres. Increasing demand from the automotive industry due to its wide range of applications in tyre manufacturing, including filler material, will continue to aid growth. The use of silica specialty as a performance additive in tyres reduces rolling resistance and increases wet weather grip. Furthermore, tyre labelling regulations are being implemented around the world, which is fueling demand for silica specialty.
Precipitated, fumed, gel, colloidal (or sol), and fused silicas are examples of Specialty Silica. The outlook for the key industries in which a specific silica product is used influences demand for that product. For example, strong growth in building and construction spending is expected during the forecast period; as a result, silica gel, which is used in a variety of coatings and paints, will see its greatest gains in that market. The future of precipitated silica, on the other hand, is strongly linked to the tyre industry. Precipitated silica is becoming more popular as a filler and reinforcement agent in tyres due to its superior fuel economy over conventional tyres.
Specialty Silica, fused silica, fumed silica, silica gel, and colloidal silica are among the specialty silica types considered in the report. End-use market descriptions include rubber, electronic components, agriculture, paints and coatings, food and beverage, cosmetics and personal care, and others. The major functions provided by specialty silica and the important processes involved in silica extraction.